Nigerian officers facing sanctions over poll-rigging Six army officers accused of malpractice in 2014 elections in southwest



LAGOS, Nigeria (AA) – Six senior Nigerian army officers have been recommended for punishment over their involvement in electoral malpractice, the military said.

The officers were found to have helped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which governed the country between 1999 and 2011, in elections in southwestern Ekiti and Osun states in 2014, army spokesman Sani Usman said late Monday.

An army panel of inquiry has recommended two officers for compulsory retirement and called for three to lose their commands. The other officer is to be prosecuted for “collecting financial gratifications”.

Action and further investigation is also recommended against 24 other officers, Usman said, quoting a statement from inquiry chairman Maj. Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade.

Col. Sagir Koli blew the whistle on the military’s involvement in rigging the elections after his warnings to superior officers were ignored.

Although the Nigerian army is officially apolitical, successive civilian administrations have previously sought to use soldiers and the police to harass political opponents and to help manipulate the outcome of elections.

The military has ruled Nigeria for large periods since independence in 1960 – between 1966 and 1979 and then again from 1983 to 1999.

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